Alexandre Achour works as a choreographer and performer. He holds an MA in choreography from HZT Berlin. His work “This isn’t gonna end well“ was supported by the EU’s Culture Programme through the Project Life Long Burning. He developed his latest work “Speaking about the ghost” at K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, and will work on a new production in collaboration with Chinese choreographer www.alexandreachour.com
Simonetta Alessandri, London. Her work is informed by more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing. She began with Ballet, Modern and Contemporary but now improvisational and somatic techniques frame her inquiry into dance. She choreographed for dance companies, student pieces, large scale opera, improvised performance, site specific and movement direction for theatre. She obtained the Post Graduated Diploma in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School, the Teacher Certificate at R.A.D. and she is qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais ® Method. Simonetta teaches at Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School and Goldsmiths University. She has been a guest teacher in more than ten countries. “The Nodines” is her more recent work as performer and choreographer in collaboration with Rick Nodine and Stella Nodine.
Temporary Archipelago is a collective platform consisting of dance artists Ana Laura Lozza, Lee Meir, Kareth Schaffer, and Claudia Tomasi. We founded this platform to ensure that the communal and supportive relations we fostered during our studies at HZT Berlin would not suffer from an artistic landscape still largely obsessed with individual production. On this occasion, Temporary Archipelago members Ana Laura Lozza and Lee Meir* present their latest works, The vanishing meeting and fourteen functional failures, parallel to Kareth Schaffer’s premiere of Unheard Of at Tanzfabrik Berlin.
*Claudia Tomasi could not take part in this edition, but she is coming back for Temporary Archipelago nr. 6!
Antonia Baehr set out one day by foot from a house in the countryside as a young explorer, performing puppet shows in town squares for her daily bread. After studying and making things, Antonia Baehr also became Werner Hirsch the dancer and horse whisperer who made films and the producer of Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde. She delighted in teaching young artists at colleges and by now her work explored the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes, often working with other artists and other scores. Then something extraordinary happened and she was invited to The Beursschouwburg in Brussels, to present an event full of the work of Baehr's and Hirsch's and of all the friends who had done things with her before. It was very lovely and there was a lot of laughing like in the book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen”. And when that was over and the confetti was swept away, a new book full of portraits of affinities in animal metaphors was made filled with pictures, scores and etchings, which followed the performance, “Abecedarium Bestiarium” which performed in Columbia and Japan and there was more along the way; “Larry Peacock”, “My Dog Is My Piano”, "For Ida", the radio plays, “For Faces”, “Merci”, “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” and that is not in any order, but it all tumbled out into the sea where she wrote “Des miss et des mystères“ with Olivier, and in the middle and near the end of that she danced Tango, fell in and out of love, celebrated her parents paintings, and started making a new normal dance with her friends who are not at all dancers, but some are. www.make-up-productions.net
David Bloom is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, musician, father, bodyworker, tea collector and filmmaker from Heidelberg and New York City, based in Berlin. He trained mainly at the HfMdK in Frankfurt and holds an M.A. in Choreography from HZT Berlin. He was a danceWEB scholar in 2012 and returned to the ImPulsTanz Festival to teach in 2015 & 2016. As a dancer, he has collaborated with Felix Ruckert, Ingo Reulecke, Friederike Plafki, Canan Erek, Marco Santi, Nir de Volff, & Tino Sehgal. Now focusing mainly on his own work around desire, emergence, flow, and magick. https://davidbloom.info davidbloom.info
Helena Botto is a performer and a choreographer based in Berlin.
She had her first contact with the performing arts through Acto. Instituto de
Arte Dramática, artistic organization directed by former students of the Workcenter
of Jerzy Grotowski. There she acquired competences in the field of
performing arts, centered on the methodology of physical actions, physical and
vocal training. Until 2005 she worked exclusively there.
In 2006, she founded her organization: PROJECTO TRANSPARÊNCIAS – criação de objectos performativos. She has been working as a director, performer, researcher and instructor. In February 2015 she concluded with distinction her M.A. in Solo/Dance/Authorship from the Hochschuluebergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT), Universitaet derKuenste (UDK), in Berlin. She has been interested in exploring both physical and compositional strategies to reflect upon form and content concerning movement production; strategies of generating, transforming or erasing meaning, mechanisms of creating humor and non-sense; grotesqueness, repetition, fragmentation and exaggeration as aesthetical procedures to deconstruct social and political issues.
Catherine Caraker, San Francisco. dance artist, performer, teacher. Certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, MFA in Dance from Bennington College. Former faculty member of the School for New Dance Development Amsterdam. Performances across Europe, North and South America. Publications on dance and somatics in the Belgian dance journal Nouvelles de Danse. www.caraker.com
21.7. 15:30 Teaching and Performance Practice Catherine Caraker, Carol Swann, Sharon Hilleli-Assa
Alice Chauchat is a choreographer, dancer, assistant, teacher, etc. She choreographs mostly in collaboration with other artists and co-developed numerous platforms for the production and exchange of knowledge in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox, PAF, praticable). From 2010-12, she was Co-Artistic Director for Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. Recently, her choreographic practice has been geared towards processing the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices into an aesthetic experience. www.alicechauchat.net
Christina Ciupke is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin. In her artistic practice she develops projects in collaboration with artists from dance and other disciplines. She maintains ongoing collaborations with composer Boris Hauf, dramaturge Igor Dobricic, visual artist Lars Ø Ramberg, choreographer Nik Haffner and Mart Kangro, researcher Anke Strauß, film-maker Lucy Cash, and light-designer Mehdi Toutain-Lopez. From 2003 to 2004 Christina Ciupke was guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In 2013 she received her M.A. in Choreography from the Amsterdam School of the Arts.
As an actor, performer and director Martin is strongly involved in developing stage pieces. Till 2011 he was producing his pieces together with Angela Schubot as TWO FISH Collective at Sophiensaele, HAU, Tanztage, Podewil and Theater an der Parkaue. Since 2013 he works als Martin Clausen und Kollegen at HAU. Martin performed i.a. at Vierte Welt, Uferstudios, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Radialsystem, Ballhaus Ost together with such groups as Gob Squad, boesediva, Bairishe Geisha, Urban Lies, Nico & the Navigators, Lubricat, post theater, SEE! as well as with Hanna Hegenscheidt, Andreas Liebmann, David Heiligers and Jasna Layes-Vinovrški. In 1999-2002 he completed his education as Alexander Technique teacher. Since 2008 he is teaching at the Performing Arts course of study at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig). www.mclausenundkollegen.com
Clément Layes has been living and working in Berlin as a choreographer and performer since 2008. Here, he founded the company Public in Private together with Jasna L. Vinovrski. His works, located at the intersection of choreography, visual arts and philosophy, take observations from everyday life and common objects as a starting point. Following “Allege” (2010), “to allege” (2011), “Der grüne Stuhl” (2012), “Things that surround us” (2012) and “dreamed apparatus” (2014), Layes completed his performance cycle dealing with the manmade world and things with the solo performance “TITLE”.
collective 三 (3) is a multi-disciplinary trio consisting of: Akemi Nagao, Jasmin Schaitl, and William “Bilwa” Costa. The three artists have worked together, in different combinations, since February 2013. As a trio, they began research in March 2014 at Tanzfabrik, Berlin and debuted
movement-sound-action at EchoBücher.
Akemi Nagao (JP) is a Berlin based dancer, improviser and choreographer. She started learn dance since she was three years old, ballet, street dance, soul dance, capoeira, contemporary dance and improvisation dance. Since 2007 she moved to Berlin and started working as a dancer in Germany and Europe. She worked for/with choreographers, Micha Purucker, Louise Wagner and Gerhart Hauptmann Theater Görlitz-Zittau and more. She performed at the Radialsystem V Berlin, Folkwang Museum Essen, Theater Habbel am Ufer Berlin, Sophiensaele Berlin, in Ruhr Triennale and Kunstfest in Weimar. She started create her pieces since 2011, and she got a scholarship “Kulturtopf Bremerhaven” in 2012, for “A step” worked with a sound artist Michael Tuttle. And had artist in residency at Kaaitheater Living in Brussels selected by workspacebrussels in 2014 and at TATWERK BERLIN, 2013 and 2014 . She got invited as a guest teacher from the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien in April 2014.
William “Bilwa” Costa (US) is an artist who works in the performing, sound, performance, and visual arts contexts. Improvisation and collaboration with other artists are essential elements of his work. He works internationally, generating research, lab, and performance projects, actively cultivating opportunities for artists to work together on new interdisciplinary experiments. His musical practice incorporates electro-acoustic improvisation, both solo and ensemble, and composition. Bilwa has performed, led workshops, and been a guest lecturer in N. America, Europe, and Australia.
Jasmin Schaitl (AT) is a live action-based artist. She graduated in 2012 from The University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she wrote her master thesis about representation of performance art. The remnants and outcomes of her performances are important aspects of her work and often culminate in installations. In her durational works, she emphasizes the individual perception of time passing. Instead of constructing narratives, she bases her actions on the simplicity of specific, repetitive, and slow movements. She has performed, exhibited, led workshops, and organized in Europe, Central and South America.
Guy Cools is a dance dramaturg. Recent positions include Associate Professor at the research institute Arts in Society in Tilburg, and Guest Professor at Ghent University. He has worked as a dance critic and curator and as a production dramaturg, with amongst others Koen Augustijnen (BE), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE), Danièle Desnoyers (CA), Lia Haraki (CY), Akram Khan (UK), Arno Schuitemaker (NL), and Stephanie Thiersch (DE). His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts (2014); Body:Language (2012), and In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (2015).
Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia's foremost dance artists. In 2015 the French Ministry of Culture awarded Rosalind the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. She is an honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and until 2012 was Associate Artist of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. www.omeodance.com
Claire Cunningham, Glasgow/UK. is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. www.clairecunningham.co.uk
Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer, performer and scholar committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis has created and performed multidisciplinary dance performance throughout the U.S., Europe with seminal group Contraband, the radical performance collective CORE and the experimental French Circus company Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. From 1991 to 1998 he co-directed the ground-breaking San Francisco performance venue 848 Community Space with Keith Hennessy and Michael Whitson. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. In 2011 he was presented the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically diverse performance. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance and teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance for individuals of all abilities throughout the US and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. www.jesscurtisgravity.org
Madalina Dan finished in 2009 a Dramatic Writing Master at U.N.A.T.C Bucharest and graduated in 2007 from the choreography section of the the University of Theatre and Cinematographic Arts “I.L.Caragiale”. In 2008 she studied with a danceWEB-Europe Scholarship in Vienna, in 2002-2003 she was choreographer-assistant for the „Metisaje” performances, choreography by Gigi Caciuleanu, between 1998-2003 she was a ballerina of the Ballet Theatre "Oleg Danovsky". She participated in workshops and collaborates with choreographers like Florin Fieroiu, Cosmin Manolescu, Vava Stefanescu, Paolo Enrique, Margarida Bettencourt, Laura Simi, Damiano Foa, Christine Bastin, Ivan Wolf, Milli Biterli, Mark Tompkins, Andrew Harwood, Lisa Race, Keith Hennessy, Judith Grodowitz, Libby Farr, Ko Murobushi, Davis Freeman, ballet maestros Simona Noja, Judith Turros, Daniel Meja, Erwin Kecsek, Wilfride Piollet, Jean Guizerix, theatre directors Mihai Maniutiu, Miruna Dinu and composers Dino Ghezzo si Tom Beyer. She performs in „Show”- Alexandra Pirici, presented in the Balkan Dance Platform Atena and in „Supersomething”- Cosmin Manolescu, 2008. In 2009 realises together with choreographers Andrea Bozic and Michael Pickbeck „Beginning, middle, end”, project produced by Sprindance Festival Utrecht Olanda, in 2008 „Iluzionistele”-production of the National Dance Centre Bucharest, in 2007 „Dedublarea”, presented in the National Theatre Festivalul, Restart Festival at CNDB, Springdance Festival Utrecht, Tanz Schritt Weise 2009.
Pepe Dayaw is a work-in-progress. In this work lies a blend of folklores, precarious technologies and funky improvisations whose mission is to research and choreograph living designs and sociality. Formally educated in the University of the Philippines, University of Amsterdam, University of Warwick, the National Museum of Reina Sofia Madrid and the Kaloob Philippine Music and Dance Ministry, Pepe performs, having trained in several dance disciplines such as pangalay and butoh, a self-taught chef, polyglot and masseur; and a professional karaoke singer. Born in Manila and grew up everywhere, Pepe is a leftover of past lives that get renewed each time he performs. He started cooking out of nostalgia for island tropical memories and has since been utilising this practice as a research tool for rehearsing emergent democracies through a design lab that he founded called Nowhere Kitchen. Nowhere Kitchen is based on cooking with other people’s leftovers and has developed into a living school rehearsing tasty sustainabilities.
Dennis Deter works as a dramaturg, choreographer and performer. He studied philosophy and literature at the Freie Universität Berlin where he spend his time thinking about football as an improvisational performance. He has worked with artists like Gui Garrido, Begüm Erciyas and Hermann Heisig. Since 2003 he collaborates with Anja Müller. They share an interest in real and fictional bodies in theatre environments, as well as adaptations of animation methods, film techniques and concert formats for the stage. Their duet "Interpassive Paradise" recently won the 100 Grad Festival Jury Award in Berlin. In the last summers, he spent his time, proudly playing and travelling Europe as a member of the nomadic band-collective "John The Houseband". He also plays bass in the acclaimed rock trio "Das Band". Recently Dennis created for Theater Freiburg the duet "Visionen" and a 2-person Wagner opera "Misfit - a Tannhäuser Bastard", both together with Anja Müller. In 2015 he played as an actor in Mesut Arslans version of Harold Pinters "Betrayal" in the Toneelhuis Antwerp.
Kattrin Deufert and Thomas Plischke (together the artistwin deufert&plischke) live and work in Berlin. Over the past fourteen years, they have realized several theater projects that deal with situations of artistic production and the complex social dynamics and the logistics of artistic processes. Their works reach beyond the scope of dance and theater and focus on individual participation and daily life in artistic events. These works create different artistic environments that suspend the everyday by comprehensively integrating and processing it into art. www.deufertandplischke.net
Alexander Deutinger studied Translation and Interpreting at Karl Franzens Universität Graz and Dance at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. DanceWEB-Scholarship 2007. He was Artist-in-Residence at ImPulsTanz (TURBO), at CCL Linz, at Espacio de Creación Azala, Vitoria, Espacio Común Bogotá, K3 Hamburg and at D.ID Dance-Identity. As a performer, he has been working with Oleg Soulimenko, Dani Brown, Sofia Mavragani, Christine Gaigg, Alexander Gottfarb, Anna Mendelssohn, The Loose Collective. Since 2008 he develops own choreographic works together with Marta Navaridas, including the Obama-Performance "Your Majesties", the video performance "Speaking of Which" (8:tension), the puppet choreography "On The Other Hand” and the Lady Di Performance “Queen of Hearts”(tanzquartier Wien). Upcoming production: Pontifex (Premiere: 2017). www.navaridasdeutinger.com
Juan Dominguez is a maker and organizer within the fields of dance and performing arts. His work explores the relationship between different codes and advocates the complete dissolution between fiction and reality, using the former to produce the latter and vice versa. He is currently working on the construction of contexts that generate stronger and lasting relationships through continuity. He is also working on the idea of co-authorship between all the agents involved in a live aesthetic and poetical experience. Some of his recent works include “Shichimi Togarashi“ in collaboration with Amalia Fernádez (2006), “All good artists my age are dead“ (2007), “blue“ (2009), “Clean Room Pilot“ (2010), “Characters arriving“ in collaboration with Los Torreznos (2011), “Clean Room Season 1“ (2012), “Clean Room Season 2“ (2014), “El Triunfo de la Libertad“ in collaboration with La Ribot and Juan Loriente (2014), “Clean Room Season 3“ (2016), and “Between what is no longer and what is not yet“ (2016). In the last 14 years, he has curated different festivals and programs. He was Artistic Director of the festival In-Presentable/La Casa Encendida (2003-12), Co-Director of the Living room Festival (2010-13) and Co-Curator of the Picnic Sessions at CA2M-Madrid (2013-15).
Darko Dragičević (1979) born in Belgrade, lives in Berlin. He studied visual arts at The International College of Arts & Sciences in Milan and filmmaking at NYFA, New York City. In his work as Visual Artist, Filmmaker and Performer he explores interdisciplinary and cross-media collaborations. His works have been presented internationally at numerous festivals, solo and group exhibitions. Recent projects include the choreography Approximations, the documentary film The Body as Archive, A Tanzfonds Erbe Project and a performance series titled Failure as Practice commissioned by Goethe-Institut.
Begüm Erciyas studied molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, where she became a member of [Laboratuar], a performing arts project and research group. She graduated from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). In 2006, she received the danceWEB scholarship and since then has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations. Begüm Erciyas was resident at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, at the K3 – Centre for Choreography in Hamburg and at Tanzwerkstatt Berlin. In 2014, she was a fellow at Villa Kamogawa / Goethe-Institut Kyoto. Her recent works include “Ballroom” (2010), “MATCH” (2011), “this piece is still to come” (2012), and “A Speculation” (2014). http://www.begumerciyas.com
Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural background with two decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. From this diverse background, Faïn has developed a unique movement and performance approach. She studied the classical Indian dance form Bharatha Natyam for five years in Paris with Amala Devi and in Madras, India with Swarnamuckie (State dancer of Tamil Nadu, 1982). In India she also studied the co-relationship between this classical form of dance and temple architecture. She was deeply influenced by her work with the Butoh-based artist Min Tanaka. With a grant from the French Ministry of Culture she studied at the Graham School in NYC from 1984 to1986. She has been certified in the Alexander Technique since 1991, and has been an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao (Mantak Chia Chinese Chi Kung University) since 2001 and studies Martial Arts with Master Allen Frank from 2007-2010.
Frey Faust practiced Pantomime, Ballet, Aikido, African Dance, Modern, Percussion, Capoeira, Contact Improvisation; worked with David Parsons, Merce Cunningham, Randy Warshaw, Meredith Monk, Donald Byrd, Stephen Petronio and others. Author of the book and originator of the movement analysis system ‘The Axis Syllabus’. www.axissyllabus.org
Claudia Feest is breathing- and movement pedagogue, breathing- and body therapist, biologist, alternative practicioner, dancer, choreographer was was co-founder and artistic director of Tanzfabrik until 2003. Research and teachings with a focus on elementary breathing- and movement studies and body awareness. Education in Gindler-Gora work with Frieda Goralewski (Schule für Atem, Stimme und Bewegung, Berlin). She trained as a breathing pedagodue and therapist with Prof. Ilse Middendorf at the Middendorf-Institut Berlin.
Susan Leigh Foster, choreographer and scholar, is Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. She is the author of Reading Dancing: Bodies and Subjects in Contemporary American Dance, Choreography and Narrative: Ballet’s Staging of Story and Desire, Dances that Describe Themselves: The Improvised Choreography of Richard Bull, and Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance. She is also the editor of three anthologies: Choreographing History, Corporealities, and Worlding Dance. She is currently working on a book about dance and value. Three of her danced lectures can be found at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage website danceworkbook/susan-foster
doublebass, works as an improvisor since the late 1980ies and was a member of vario-34 and ensemble Zeitkratzer and WTTF Quartet. From 1997 to 2003 he organized the festival „concepts of doing – Interaktion Tanz Musik“ and was working with such artists as Nigel Charnock, Benoit Lachambre, Fine Kwiatkowski. He composed the music for the experimental film „EZB 2011-2012“, nominated for the German Film Award 2015 (director: Sabine Schöbel). Since 2005 in Berlin he created studioboerne45 and continued concepts of doing. 2015 he started new collaborations with musicians from Berlin and abroad. He has released more than 30 CDs including 2 solo CDs.
Marc Philipp Gabriel is a Berlin based artist working between voice work, installation, video and architecture from the perspective of dance and movement. His one-hour-solo piece *AJIMA *for Maija Karhunen was premiered in Uferstudios Berlin in 2013, and has since travelled to Cyprus (supported by Goethe Intitut), Norway and Scotland. As a performer Marc has worked in productions for Tino Sehgal, Lea Moro, Shannon Cooney, Helena Botto, Matteo Graziano, Rita Vilhena and created numerous performances in collaboration with Liselotte Singer, Burkhard Körner, Kieron Jina, Katharina Greimel and others. In collaboration with BlingBlingRecycling collective he has instigated the performance practice *Monday FEAST, *having hosted 31 editions at various performance venues in Berlin until now. He received the danceWEB scholarship 2013 at ImPulsTanz Vienna, a Wild Card residency at Cullbergbaletten Stockholm with Liselotte Singer and graduated from the BA dance, context and choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin in summer 2015. www.marcphilippgabriel.com
Philipp Gehmacher lives in Vienna and works internationally. He is a choreographer, dancer and student at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the ‘Sculpture and Space’ program, whose works on gesture, space and touch have featured in numerous festivals and venues around the world. He has collaborated across art forms, most importantly with the choreographer Meg Stuart. Gehmacher initiated the lecture performance series “walk+talk” and is currently focusing on objects and sculpture. He received the renowned Jerwood Choreography Award and the Austrian Advancement Award for Dance from the BMUKK.
Malgven Gerbes is born in France. She studied architecture in Paris in the ENSAAMA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et Métiers d’Arts), and worked two years as architect in Le Bon Marché Paris (Group LVMH). She graduated in choreography in ArtEZ Arnhem (former EDDC) in the Netherlands. Malgven Gerbes choreographed and performed for group collaborative projects in Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, in the Forum Freies Theater in Düsseldorf, for the Miryang Summer Festival in Korea, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival DANCE 2010 Munich, les Hivernales d’Avignon, among others. She was guest professor for one semester in the choreographic department at the Korean National University of the Arts (KNUA) in autumn 2007, in the choreographic department of ArtEZ Arnhem in spring 2008, in Dartington College of arts (UK) in 2009. She regularly teaches for professional dancers in places such as Tanzfabrik Berlin, Labor Gras Berlin, Session House Tokyo.
Frédéric Gies is a dancer, choreographer and senior lecturer in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm, where he is head of programme of the Master in Choreography. He creates his works alone or in collaboration with other dancers and choreographers, or with artists from other fields. He currently develops a research project under the title “Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and choir”. www.fredericgies.com
Marcela holds a BFA/Diplom in dance and choreography from the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and Ohio State University. She has danced professionally for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, with Neuer Tanz / VA Wölfl, Thomas Ostermeier/Mikel Aristegui, and Veronika Riz in Germany, and with the Italian company Deja Donne (Simone Sandroni/Lenka Flory). She has taught and presented her own work in the USA, Canada, Brazil, and across Europe. Marcela has also been Artist-in-Residence at numerous universities, including Alfred University, Ohio State University, Middlebury College, and guest lecturer at the HZT Berlin. She has created works in residence at Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, Dansateliers Rotterdam, OMI International Artist Collective – NYC, Mayday Dance festival – Antwerp, DOCK 11 Berlin, and at Schloss Broellin, Germany. Marcela also founded and currently runs the artist residency venue Lake Studios in Berlin. For more information: www.marcelagiesche.com and www.lakestudiosberlin.com
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen develop projects since 2005, in which they bring life strategies and forms of expression to the center and confront them with their own strategies and asthetics. The team is german-ivorian with international guests. Everything is, what it is. It's not about fiction or symbolism, neither on the text-, play- or material layer. They try to achieve a direct transport from life to theater and from theater/performance to life. Australia, Egypt, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cote d I'voire, Germany, Finland, France, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Cameroon, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Rwanda, RF Congo, Switzerland, Senegal. Winner Impulse Festival 2009, George Tabori Förderpreis 2010, Dance company of the year 2010, Faustpreis as best dancer for Richard Siegal in Logobi 05. Impulse Festival 2009, Tanzplattform Nürnberg 2009, Zürcher Theaterspektakel 2009, Theatertreffen Berlin 2010, Wiener Festwochen 2010, Donaufestival 2011, Tanz Bern 2013.
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Important exhibitions in the last 10 years: 2014 SUPER-STUDIO, IGA-Berlin-2017, Marzahn/Hellersdorf, Berlin | 2013 MP2013 (Capitale Européenne de la Culture Marseille Provence 2013), Marseille – PARC (mit Stefan Shankland, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius und Boris Sieverts) | 2012 11th Havana Biennial, LASA – Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín, Cuba, BIOCUB | 2012 HAU (Theater Hebbel am Ufer) und raumlabor, Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, The World is not fair-Die große Weltausstellung | 2011 Centre d’art contemporain Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, France, and Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Ecotone | 2010 Ruhr.2010 Kulturhauptstadt Europas, Essen, Germany, Non Stop City | 2009 Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, USA, Not Site-Specific | 2008 European art projects, Old Mint, Berlin, Germany, Megastructures Reloaded | 2007 SACATAR-Foundation, Itaparica/Bahia, Brazil, Praca nueva Brasilia | 2007 TICA (Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art), Tirana, Albania, Houses for(m) Tirana | 2006 MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), Spain, Trial Balloons | 2005 9th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul | 2004 Le Quartier centre d´art contemporain, Qimper, France, Starving for Embarrassing Architecture
Prof. Nik Haffner studied art history at Giessen University and dance at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. In 1994 he joined Ballet Frankfurt. In the past few years he has worked increasingly in film and multimedia and has created video installations for several of William Forsythe's pieces. Since contributing to the CD-ROM "Improvisation Technologies", he has also worked regularly with the ZKM, Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. Now a freelance dancer and choreographer, he is making works for theatre, film and exhibitions. He is working for Laban Centre London, P.A.R.T.S. Brüssel and Ohio State University as guest lecturer. Since November 2008 he has been guest professor at the HZT Berlin. In November 2012 he has been appointed Artistic Director of the HZT Berlin. firstname.lastname@example.org
Frauke Havemann / ON AIR is a choreographer and director of live-performances, as well as film / video projects and installations. In 2015, she curated the series UNBOUND with artists from different backgrounds for the AULA in Milchhof, Berlin. At the moment, she is finishing her first feature-length film. In 2002, she initiated ON AIR together with Eric Schefter and Neal Wach. The resulting productions straddle the border between radio plays and installations, performance and theater, theater and film.
Hanna Hegenscheidt is a freelance choreographer and teacher of the Klein Technique™. She studied and worked as a dancer for many years in New York before moving to Berlin in 2004. Her work has been presented internationally. In June 2014, she finished her Masters in Choreography at the Theaterschool of Amsterdam. www.hannahegenscheidt.de
1997 he began as a b-boy at jams and competitions in Berlin. As a former member of 5-Amox and B-Town Allstars he won several championships such as the national Battle of the Year 2006 and the 2vs2 at the IBE in Rotterdam. Niels ‘Storm’ Robitzky introduced him to the world of theatre, at first as a dancer than as a choreographer. With the video performance Gemeinsam Einsam he toured worldwide. As a member of the legendary Battle Squad and Animatronik he still is a passionate member of the Hip-Hop community of today. In June 2014 he recieved his Master Diplom in Choreography at the HZT Berlin. www.raphael-hillebrand.com
Sharon Hilleli-Assa Dance artist, performer, teacher. B.Ed,( Dance - Performing Arts), kibbutzim Collage Tel- Aviv, MA in arts education, University of Leeds, UK. Head of the dance department the dialogue school "Ramot-Yam". Former dancer at "Tamar" company (founder by Zvi Gotheiner) Since 1995 creating her own works for stage and videodance in collaboration with artist from Israel, N.Y, Europe . Among the founder of Oktet – artists investigation improvisation. Teaching contemporary and improvisation (Wingate collage a.o). Developing her own approach to movement based on Feldenkrais studies. Taught in Berlin at Tanzfabrik, Dock11, Sasha Waltz & Guests. Nowadays she lives, creates and teaches mainly in Israel. www.sharonhilleli.com
Kristin Horrigan has been a contact improviser since 1998, and she has taught and performed CI around the world in places including the USA, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia and Argentina. Kristin holds an MFA in choreography from Ohio State University and is a Professor of Dance and Gender Studies at Marlboro College in Vermont, USA. She also spent ten years directing Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company, and has choreographed several intergenerational community-based performances in Germany with her collaborator Christa Cocciole. Kristin’s current research focuses on the intersection of gender and dance, particularly in improvisation and contact improvisation.
Diana Thielen (Assistent) has studied contemporary dance at SEAD in Austria and is a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. She teaches dance, CI and yoga in daily classes, Workshops, Festivals and Intensives around Europe. Diana is a student of education and gender studies and is particularly excited about the political aspect of her academic work. Diana has worked with Kristin already 2015 at the CmC Festival in Göttingen. www.movementactivism.com.
In her works, the ethnologist and choreographer Miriam Jakob from Berlin concentrates on the interface between science and fiction. The performance turns anthropological problems into poetic material. Her solo “Friday...“ (2012), for which she won the 100° Festival Jury´s Prize from HAU and Sopiensaele, was shown internationally. For her first ensemble work, “Travelling to the four Corners of the Earth,“ she received a grant from the Berlin city council. Furthermore she collaborates with other artists, such as with the artistwin deufert+plischke. Beside her own artistic work, she teaches at the interface between theater and ethnography.
Kieron Jina is one of South Africa's controversial choreographers and multidisciplinary artists, redefining both forms of the art in the country through his innovation within the field. Awarded one of the Mail and Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans in 2012, Kieron Jina is not only a performance artists but also an international choreographer, dancer, teacher, facilitator, director, fashion designer/model, cinematographer and video editor. Jina was also selected as a DanceWeb scholar for 2013 at the ImPulseTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 Jina completed artistic residencies that lead to collaborative performance creations in the following countries Brazil, Germany, France, Reunion Island and South Korea. In 2015 he was the UJ Arts and Culture associate choreographer and currently is City Varsity’s movement studies lecturer. Jina was also a featured performing artist at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2015 and premiered a new creation entitled “Exotic”. In 2016 he co-created a new dance performance in entitled “Shave that Gummi” and will tour Berlin presenting “Ubu Never Loved Us” at the Berliner Festspiele for the foreign affairs programme. He is also the curator of Queer Art Night South Africa. www.kieronjina.com
Jens Johannsen is a dancer, movement therapist and artisan. He is the director of moveus, the German licensed Institute for BMC. Concerned with the interaction of body and mind since 1979, he has met with teachers of dance, theatre, voice, humanist psychology, body therapy, yoga, meditation and others during his studies. In 1983 he discovered Body-Mind Centering as a dancer. He completed the training programme in 1989 to be the first German Practitioner and continued immediately with the training to be assistant and teacher. Since 1993 he has been teaching in BMC-Trainings and since 2003 he leads them worldwide. As well as following his passion for teaching he works with clients of all ages and a multitude of questions.
Ian Kaler studied Transmedial Art at University for Applied Arts Vienna. Ian's artistic practise combines dance, performance and visual art. In 2010 Ian graduated from the BA Pilotprogramm "Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography" at Inter-University Center for Dance, University of the Arts Berlin. In 2010 Ian started working on a longterm creative and physical practice, "Insignificant Others". The first raw explorations of the practice with audience in "Untitled Stills" in 2010/11 were followed up by the premiere of "(learning to look sideways)" at Tanzquartier Vienna in December 2011. "Insignificant Others" (learning to look sideways) was presented in 2012 at Tanztage in Sophiensaele Berlin, at Rencontres Choreographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, at ImPulsTanz Vienna and Tanznacht Berlin. Currently Ian is working on a new series "On Orientations – the first etape", "On Orientations | one place after" was presented in Uferstudios / Tanzfabrik Berlin in February 2013. "On Orientations | Untimely Encounters" was premiered in May 2013. The current project "Contingencies" permiered in 2014 in Berlin and in a new version with another cast at ImPulsTanz in Wien. As performer Ian Kaler worked a.o. with Philipp Gehmacher, Isabelle Schad and Laurent Chétouane.
Gyeong-Min Kang is a choreographer and a dancer from South Korea. Her main interest is that human’s deep inside mind causes diverse issues. She believes that person’s behaviors have cause-and-effect relationship. Most of her performance pieces are about human psychology and explore human’s feelings.
Mart Kangro is a performer and choreographer who lives in Tallinn. Since leaving the Estonian National Ballet he has been concentrating on his own choreographic works, which focus on the detail and the clarity of movement. He has an ongoing collaboration with artists like Thomas Lehmen, Christina Ciupke, the Estonian musician and sound artist Taavi Kerikmäe and the group Ansambel U:.
Kurt Koegel (USA) specializes in teaching workshops that satisfy and inspire both beginners and professional dancers. After dancing in New York City, Kurt lived and worked in Europe from 1988 – 2012, and a member of the Tanzfabrik Company from 1988 - 1994, performing and teaching extensively throughout Europe for festivals, schools and dance companies including Ultima Vez, Rosas, P.A.R.T.S., SNDO, EDDC, SEAD, as well as extensive teaching in Japan and Korea. From 2007-2011 he designed and directed the Masters in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy at the University of Performing Arts (HfMDK) in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2013 he’s been researching how enhancing human perception, embodiment and sustainable interaction can influence how we live in, and design, public space. His intention is to share the work he is doing in the field of dance with emerging architects and designers. www.kurtkoegel.org
Koffi Kôkô (FR/BJ) has been known as one of the initiators and most prominent representatives of the modern African dance scene. He was born in Benin, West Africa, where he grew up in close contact with the animist religion of his home. Among his collaborators are names such as Pierre Doussaint, Bruno Boêglin, Shiro Daimon and Yoshi Oida, Gabriel Gbadamosi, the Flamenco dancer Mari Carmen Gracia and Peter Badejo. He worked with Ismael Ivo, with whom he created "The Maids" after Jean Genet in March 2001 under the direction of Yoshi Oida. This production has since been presented with sensational success in Berlin, Vienna, London, Paris, São Paulo and Seoul a.o. In London in 2003, the work was awarded the Time Out Prize for the best production of the year.The premiere of his piece "Les feuilles qui resistent au vent" took place in June 2003 as part of the In Transit Festival in Berlin and then toured to Festivals in Europe, Brazil and Latin America. His latest solo production "La Beauté du Diable" was premiered at the Festival International de Fribourg Jullietdanse (June 2011) and toured to São Paulo. Koffi Kôkô’s international reputation extends to his work as a teacher: in Europe, Africa and the USA he has held various positions as professor and is teaching master classes. For the years 2004 and 2005 Koffi Kôkô was the artistic director of the In Transit Festival at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.
In her work, choreographer, performer and sound-designer Aline Landreau intertwines textures and environments to question processes of recognition and particularly the possible forms of loss within performing art. Her different projects are questioning the conditions of a wider human perception, such as "Blur!" presented during Open Spaces festival with Tanzfabrik in 2015 and at The Nest festival in Bahrein, and the solo "Vox" created in 2016 at Tanztage, Sophiensale Berlin and showed at ImPulsTanz festival Vienna. She graduated from the Formation d'Artiste Chorégraphique and then the Essais master program at CNDC d'Angers under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. Aline also works as performer or assistant with choreographers such as Loïc Touzé, Emmanuelle Huynh and lately with Vincent Dupont, and co-founded in 2010 the artistic platform Météores based in Nantes, that aims to activate a supportive working community within the contemporary performing arts scene. Aline gives regularly workshops, guided by a continuous interest for somatic technics and improvisation. She currently works between Nantes and Berlin. www.alinelandreau.com
Thomas Lehmen is a freelance choreographer, dancer, performer and teacher. From 1986 to 1990, he studied at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. From 1990 to 2010, he lived in Berlin, where he developed many solo pieces, group collaborations and projects, including "distanzlos,” "mono subjects,” "Schreibstück," "Funktionen," "It’s better to...," and "Lehmen lernt.“. Since 2011, he has worked again in North Rhine-Westphalia and produced projects including "Schrottplatz" and „Bitte...". Since 2013, he is on tour across the world with his current project, "A Piece for You". His recurring interests lie in communication and a human being that reflects itself in its own environment, actively shaping it through creative relationships. His artistic approach often show linguistic elements within conceptual methods and expressions. His use of dance largely focuses on individual articulations of singular technical aspects, as well on the interrelation of dancers and danced dialogues. He teaches at numerous universities worldwide and has been a visiting professor in Hamburg, Gießen and Berlin. For several years, he worked in the dance department at Arizona State University. He also holds workshops on the international level. When teaching, he deals with the aforementioned ideas, as well as with choreographic systems that aim toward individual artistic composition within societal contexts. http://www.thomaslehmen.de
Liga Lewis is a choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. Lewis weaves together critical and literary texts with dance and theater as she interrogates the metaphors and social inscriptions of the body. She engages with the choreographic through embodied, sensorial, and immersive performances, with a predilection towards interiority and abstraction. Her choreographies can be described as experientially rich and complex. Lewis has shared her work in multiple contexts including visual arts and theater. As a dancer, Lewis has performed extensively across Europe and abroad in theater, dance and film productions including: with choreographers Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, Jeremy Wade, and Kat Válastur; theater director Ariel Efraim Ashbel; artist Wojciech Kosma; and in films by Wu Tsang and Uli Edel. Lewis was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her work “Sorrow Swag“ at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna 2015. “minor matter,“ for the theater, is her latest creation in development, which will premiere in the fall at HAU Hebbel-am-Ufer.
Ellinor Kristina Ljungkvist was born in Sweden. At the moment she works as a choreographer and dancer in Scandinavia as well as in Germany and Austria. Ellinor holds a Diploma in Ballet and Contemporary Dance from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and a Bachelor in Arts from Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin. She received 2013/14 The Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and in 2015/16 Örebro Dance Grant and a scholarship for international exchange from The Swedish Art Grant Committee, among other scholarships throughout her studies and work. Ellinor´s choreographic work and teaching is known for its combination of contemporary dance and conceptual performance art. She has choreographed mostly solo and duet pieces, but also collaborated with choreographers such as Deufert&Plischke, Mr. Rice & Peanuts and the theatre director Jonas Engman, to mention a few. Right now she is doing a master in choreography at The University of Dance and Circus Stockholm.
Susanne Martin is a choreographer, performer, researcher, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance and theatre. She presents her work internationally in solo performances and collaborative stage works. Her artistic practice and research focuses on improvisation as choreographic practice, narrations of the age(ing) body, contact improvisation, and practice as research/artistic research. Festivals that presented her performances include: Aerowaves (London), International Dance and Theatre Festival (Gothenburg), Nottdance (Nottingham), Opera Estate (Bassano del Grappa), Tanec Praha (Prague). Her PhD dissertation Dancing Age(ing) has been published by transcript in 2017. www.susannemartin.de
Arantxa Martinez is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin since 2003. Her work concerns itself with identification and exchange processes between the body and its surroundings and investigates performativity in relation to these processes. Her projects include “Très bien éclairé“ (2015), “Emisiones Cacatúa. Special Issue,“ a radio project in collaboration with Nilo Gallego (2012), “The Present,“ in collaboration with Lola Rubio (2010/2012), “al oeste del Pecos“ (2007), “J, a folk-striptease in 4" (2007), “Trofeo“ (2003), “de l’impatience de celui qui regarde dormir,“ in collaboration with Remi Héritier (1999).
Sergiu Matiș, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, began his professional career at the Tanztheater Nuremberg. He has been living in Berlin since 2008, working with choreographers such as Colette Sadler, Yossi Berg, Philip Bergmann, Daniel Kok, and Jee-Ae Lim. He dances and works in several choreographies of Sasha Waltz & Guests (Dialoge: Neues Museum and MAXXI, Continu, Matsukaze, and Sacre). In 2014 he completed his Master’s degree Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at HZT Berlin and received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. His choreographies (Human Nature, Landing, ThreeDoors. Search, 89. Grenzenlos, Ending-dong, doom room, Duet, Keep it real, Explicit Content) have been shown internationally in Radialsystem/Berlin, Kinitiras Studio/Athens, eXplore Dance Festival/Bucharest, European Festival of Performing Arts Timișoara/Romania, International Festival dance.movement.theatre Gheorgheni/Romania, The National Dance Centre in Bucharest, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Antistatic Festival/Sofia, and Impulstanz Vienna.
Sebastian Matthias studied dance at the Julliard School in New York and Dance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (MA). His choreographic work fundamentally deals with systems of improvisation, which he develops with his dancers in individual productions at venues including tanhaus nrw and Kampnagel or at institutions such as Theater Luzern and Cullberg Ballett. From 2012-2015, he delved deeper into his approach to artistic research via his dissertation “groove feeling” at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, which he then expanded with participatory processes during the “groove space” performance series.
Sheena McGrandles graduated from the Laban Center, London (2007). From 2008-09, she was an artist in resident with Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland. She completed her MA Solo/Dance/Authorship at HZT Berlin and from 2012-13, she was Choreographer in Residence at K3 Hamburg, creating the work “true balls.“ She has performed her works throughout Europe, and continues her collaboration with Zinzi Buchanan on a series of pieces such as “Steve&Sam. MAN POWER MIX, New Materialism“ (Tanztage Sophiensaele, Flutgraben and Something Raw, Amsterdam). In June, she will present “WHO’S THE PARTY NOW, SISTER?“ her most recent research project as part of Tanzkongress in Hannover, which deals with invisible and forgotten feminist performance art works from the 60’s & 70’s. Since October 2013, she is Artistic Research Associate in the BA program “Dance, Context, Choreography” at HZT Berlin. She has collaborated with artists including Eva Meyer-Keller, Isabelle Schad, Daniel Kok, Tove Sahlin.
Lee Méir is an artist working in choreography and performance between Berlin and Tel-Aviv. Her choreographic works examine states of paradox and the artificiality of the performative situation. Her solo “Translation included“ was awarded first prize at Israel´s Biennale for young choreographers in 2011. She completed Choreography studies at HZT Berlin (2013) and received grants from the Berlin city council, The Israeli ministry of Culture and a danceWEB scholarship in Vienna (2014-2015). She enjoys collaborations with artists including deufert&plischke, Otso Huopaniemi, Maya Weinberg. www.leemeir.com
Ixchel Mendoza Hernández is a Mexican freelance choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. She completed her Choreography and dance studies at Artez Arnheim (formel EDDC) in 2007. In summer 2007, she received a scholarship of DanceWebEurope,in the frame of ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. In 2009 she took part at the Artistic Residency Program exchange for Iberoamerica and Haiti in Mexico city. Since 2011 she extended her practice in to video making in collaboration with the artist Anna Weißenfels. Her piece "Visual Ghost" was co-produced by the Tanztage Berlin 2012 and premiered at Sophiensaele. From 2013 till 2015 she had being engaged at the MA SoDA, HZT in Berlin investigating the phenomena "Visual Ghost". In 2016 she got chosen for the Einstiegsförderung for the research of her project: "Two Identical Mirrored". As a dancer she worked for Kat Válastur, shifts, Daniel Wittkopp, Elpida Orfanidou, Amit Jacobi and Laurie Young
Matthias Meppelink studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig University in Gießen between 2003 and 2008. He is a founding member of the performance group Monster Truck and works as a musician and light designer in different constellations. He regularly collaborates with Boris Nikitin, Marcel Schwald, Susanne Zaun, and Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt. He has been living in Berlin since 2008.
In 2007, dancer/songwriter Andreas A. Müller and cellist/composer Bo Wiget came together to form the Berlin-based duo Beide Messies. Since 2003, they have collaborated on various productions with artists including Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, happysystem, and Rosalind Crisp. Merging together and intersecting different artistic disciplines has become part of their flesh and blood. Their performances fall between the genres of concert, dance, cabaret and happening. With their “obsessive, imperative entertainment,“ they have developed a large following. They perform in theaters and galleries, on club stages, and at dance and performance festivals from Brussels to Tallinn and beyond. http://www.beidemessies.de
Lea Moro is a performer and choreographer from Switzerland, based in Berlin and Zurich. She studied at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri (CH, BA in Physical Theatre), LABAN Centre London (Diploma in Dance Studies) and graduated 2014 from the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (BA Dance, Context, Choreography). Her most recent choreographic work "(b)reaching stillness" premiered in June 2015 at the Sophiensaele Berlin and is invited to the German Dance Platform 2016. Lea Moros solo performance "Le Sacre du Printemps", a ballet for a single body (2013/14) was presented internationally a.o. at HAU Berlin, Uferstudios Berlin, Het Veem Theatre Amsterdam, Theatre Skorohod St.Petersburg, Berlin Diagonale/Theatertreffen Berlin, Festival Tanztage 2015 Sophiensaele Berlin, Tanzhaus Zurich, Dampfzentrale Bern. In 2015/16 Lea Moro is artist in Residence at the K3 Zentrum für Choreographie/Tanzplan Hamburg and will develop the solo musical "The End of the Alphabet". Lea Moro is nominated talented choreographer within the annual edition 2015 tanz magazine. In the same year she received the Elsa-Neumann Stipendium des Landes Berlin, in 2014 the DanceWEB scholarship during the Festival ImPulsTanz in Vienna and since 2014 she is supported by the PAP Mentoring Program Berlin. Lea Moro co-founded the Acker Festival Berlin (2013/14), between 2012-14 she was council member of der Akademischer Senat/Erweiterter Akademischer Senat UdK Berlin, since 2014 she is part of the curatorial team for the residency program Schloss Bröllin and works on a continuously with the choreographer Isabelle Schad.
Katja Münker, dancer, choreographer, Feldenkrais practitioner. After her training and practice as physiotherapist she studied Feldenkrais Method (1996-200), contemporary dance and instant composition. She was mentored through her choreographic processes by Ingo Reulecke und Martin Nachbar. Solo projects and artistic cooperations with Alex Arteaga, Bergrecherche, Amos Hetz, Ingo Reulecke et al. Artistic research and formats with AREAL_Artistic Research Lab Berlin et al. National and international teaching (Feldenkrais, Contemporary Dance, improvisation/instant composition and creative processes), publications and contributions for conferences. www.movement-muenker.de, www.kunst-im-gehen.de
Ramona Nagabczynska Born in Toronto, Canada in 1984 but began her dance education in the Warsaw State Ballet School after moving to Poland at the age of 11. She continued contemporary dance training at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany and at The Place in London. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in Culture Studies at the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw. As performer she worked with Fleur Darkin, 30 Bird Productions, Emma Martin, Rebecca Lazier, David Wampach, Ula Sickle, Sjoerd Vreugdenhil, Maria Stoklosa, Komuna Warszawa, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Marta Ziółek, Paulina Ołowska, Paweł Althamer and Clod Ensemble. Her choreographic work includes: Man's Best Friend (2009), Turao/Dziw (2010), New (Dis)Order (2012), Re//accumulation (2012), Dinge (2014), Actions to relate to Verbs (2015) and pURe. She is currently working on Shift. In 2013 Ramona co-founded collective Centrum w Ruchu, which lead’s an important dance space in Warsaw. She is the recipient of many scholarships, amongst them the danceWEB scholarship in 2014. In that same year she became Aerowaves Priority Company with the piece New (Dis)Order .
Marta Navaridas studied Translation at UPF Barcelona, Choreography at ArtEZ College of Art Arnhem and Mime at HKA Theaterschool of Amsterdam. DanceWEB-Europe Scholarship 2010. She has been working with Blood For Roses, Sarah Vanhee, Dani Brown, Sofia Mavragani, Mala Kline, Christine Gaigg. She is member of the international artistic collectives Fingersix and The Loose Collective. Since 2008, she develops her own text-based choreographic works together with Alex Deutinger. Selected works: "Look at them now!", "Your Majesties" (Aerowaves ‘13), "Speaking of Which", "On the Other Hand”, “Queen of Hearts”. Awards: Tall Order Linz, ACT Jury Prize Bilbao, BestOFF-Styria Award. Since 2015 she plays the drums in various music projects.
Jeremy Nelson is a dancer/choreographer and former member of the Siobhan Davies Dancers and Second Stride Dance companies in London, and Stephen Petronio Dance Company in New York. He has also danced in the work of Mia, Lawrence, David Zambrano, Susan Rethorst, Luis Lara Malvacías, and in his own work, and with improviser Kirstie Simson. He received a New York Dance and performance “Bessie” Award for outstanding performance in 1991 and a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography in 2004. He is a faculty member of Movement Research in New York and over the past more than 30 years has taught classes/workshops in over 30 countries at venues including American Dance Festival, ImPulsTanz, P.A.R.T.S., and the Sasha Waltz Company among others. He has been presenting and performing his own choreography since 1994 - in New York and worldwide. Jeremy was Head of the Dance Education at the Danish National School of Performing Arts from 2009 – 2015, and is now Associate Arts Professor in the Dance Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Sophia New was born in South London and studied Philosophy & Literature with German at Sussex University and after receiving her Masters degree in Feminist Performance at Bristol University. In 2000 she received a Breathing Space Commission from the Arnolfini, Bristol. The piece she made, Feeling Poorly, was shown in festivals in the Uk and Belgium. In The Letters Project, Sophia created a live archive performance. Installing herself in an arts-related workspace (the then Live Art Development Agency office), she performed by curating her own personal collection of letters and exhibiting them for visitors. Most recently Sophia has been making performances for camera that investigate female body, and the framing and installing of performed actions. Sophia has also worked as a theatre/performance writer and journalist for the magazines Venue, Live Art Magazine and the Open Page Journal. She has also contributed a series of images based on Feeling Poorly for On Smell, and Letter Objects for On Correspondence published by the Performance Research Journal. She is a co-founder of plan b with Daniel Belasco Rogers. Since 2002 they have made over 25 projects for different cities, festivals, and galleries. Their work is often site specific and includes performance, GPS, sound and video. Since 2012 she has been a guest lecturer (since 2015 Guest Professor) on the MA solo dance authorship (SODA) at the HZT, Berlin. She also regularly teaches Live Art and Performance with Siegmar Zacharias at Folkwang University in Essen and Bochum.
Rick Nodine, London. Rick began dancing socially and the first technical form to channel his enthusiasm was Contact Improvisation. After some modern dance training he performed through the 90's for British Contemporary dance companies. He started teaching CI at London Contemporary Dance School in 2001 and gradually expanded the scope of his pedagogy to include composition, performance and voice/movement techniques. Nodine's choreographic practice has followed and sometimes led the development of his teaching. His personal performance practice has always straddled improvisation and choreography. As a choreographer Nodine has made work for many contexts, including ; major Opera houses, small theatres, art galleries, text based theatre, touring dance companies and warehouse parties. „The Nodines“ is his more recent work as performer and choreographer in collaboration with Simonetta Alessandri and Stella Nodine.
Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He works on the nature of mind and human experience. He is the author of “Action in Perception“ (MIT Press, 2004); “Out of Our Heads“ (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009); and “Varieties of Presence“ (Harvard University Press, 2012). The central idea of these books is that consciousness is not something that happens inside us, or to us. It is something we do. Alva's new book on art and human nature, “Strange Tools,“ was released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on September 22, 2015. Alva received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has also collaborated with dance artists Deborah Hay, Nicole Peisl, Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham, Katye Coe, and Charlie Morrissey. Alva is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a former fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio's science blog 13.7: “Cosmos and Culture“.
Anna Nowicka is a dance maker, pedagogue and psychologist, a graduate of the Warsaw University, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and Ernst-Busch / HZT in Berlin. In recent years, based on her long term interest in the work on dreams, imagination and physical actions, she started developing a methodology to be applied to an artistic creation. Her focus lies on questions of attention, imagination and creativity, and a body as a field of infinite potential, in the state of constant becoming. Anna aims at weaving intuitive ways of creating with conscious choreographing decisions. Her works do not follow a certain esthetics, but rather share an interest to challenge the gaze, and lead it towards the unseen and unknown. Since 2010 her choreographic practice is connected with the Art Stations Foundations by Grażyna Kulczyk. Anna was rewarded a DAAD Preis, followed by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, and Tanzstipendium from the city of Berlin. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Polish Film School in Łódź, a dreaming practitioner at „The School of Images”, intensively developing image work with Bonnie Buckner, and joyfully researching body’s possibilities with Rosalind Crisp. She shares her life between Berlin and Warsaw.
Johannes Odenthal studied art history and archaeology in Cologne, Bonn and Paris. He has published numerous essays and books on cultural history and is a co-founder and editor of the magazines tanz aktuell and ballett international/tanz aktuell. From 1997 to 2006, Odenthal served as artistic director of the Music, Dance and Theatre Department at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He has edited books such as “The Third Body. Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt und die Performing Arts” (2004), “tanz.de. Zeitgenössischer Tanz in Deutschland – Strukturen im Wandel – eine neue Wissenschaft” (2005) and “Tanz Körper Politik“ (updated and extended 2nd edition 2012) for the publishing company Theater der Zeit. Since 2006, Odenthal has served as programming director at the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Additionally, he has been a co-editor of the series “Positionen” (Positions) by the publishing company Steidl Verlag since 2009, the same year he developed the programme series “Politische Körper” (Political Bodies) in commemoration of modern dance in Germany.
Ayşe Orhon works as a performer since 2001. She has danced with Aydın Teker and Emmanuelle Huynh, also collaborated with visual artist Gülsün Orhon. She is a graduate of Artez (HKA) in 2001 and the Master of Choreography program in Amsterdam (AHK) with her research "Permeable Manifestations" in 2013. Orhon performed her works in diverse festivals in Europe, such as Can You Repeat? (2007), hava (2009), ÇOK (2010), folk (2011), and latest performance thinging (2013). Since 1997 Orhon has been working in the field of movement and movement therapy. She has been a guest lecturer at CNDC Angers and at two Dance Departments in Istanbul since 2002. Lately she is teaching and staging Cribles of Emmanuelle Hunyh with different casts in festivals. Last but not least, trained in Classical Ottoman and Classical Western music (harp) she has an increasing interest in moving voice.
Felix Mathias Ott is born in 1983 in Reutlingen and is mainly choreographer in the field of contemporary performing arts, working internationally and based in Berlin. His father, a German actor, inspired in him from an early age a huge interest in theatre that Felix developed initially by studying stage design. He returned later to his performative roots with a course in Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography at HZT Berlin in cooperation with UdK und Ernst Busch Hochschule in Berlin. Since then he works as a stage designer, video artist, interpreter (dancing/acting), author and choreographer all over the world for his own creations or with artists like Krzysztof Warlikowski, Boris Charmatz, Yves Noel Genod, Maud le Pladec, Mathilde Monnier, Björn Melhus, Clément Layes, Tino Seghal… His personal creation and research is supported for the next few years by the European „Apap“ art platform. His work is also supported by the City of Berlin and the Goethe Institut. Felix‘ work tends to create reflexive, more than conceptual, spaces where the spectator is invited to discover the and his/her unconscious world, to call for his own creativity in order to recreate one world with the fragments that the surrealistic writing of the artist proposes to him. Within this, Felix Mathias Ott wants to create a silent dive from reality into fiction, which wishes to contrast our contemporary ways to receive information, and get influenced all over with screamed out manipulative slogans. www.felixmathiasott.com
Giulia Palladini ist Forscherin und Kuratorin im Bereich der Performance Studies, Sie promovierte in Visual and Performing Arts an der Universität von Pisa und arbeitete als Gastdozentin an der Performance Studies Department of New York University (2007-2008). In den letzten zwei Jahren war sie Stipendiatin der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. Sie ist derzeit an der Universität Erfurt tätig. Ihre Artikel wurden in verschiedenen internationalen Fachzeitschriften der Performance Studies und zeitgenössischer Kunst (darunter Contemporary Theatre Review, The Drama Review) veröffentlicht, und sie hat ihre erste Monographie mit dem Titel The Scene of Foreplay: Theatre, Labor and Leisure in 1960s New York fertig gestellt (Northwestern University Press. 2015). Sie war Ko-Kuratorin des internationalen Projektes Affective Archives (Vercelli, 2010) und der Vorlesungsreihe Living Rooms (L’Aquila, 2011). Als Theoretikerin hat sie an mehreren künstlerischen Projekten wie Taking Time (kuratiert bei Nora Sternfeld und Temu Maki, Helsinki/Galleria Augusta 2013), Experimenta/Sur (organisiert bei Mapa Teatro, Goethe-Institute und Siemens Stiftung, Bogotà/Centro de Memoria, Paz Y Reconciliación, 2014), Flamme éternelle (Thomas Hirschorn, Paris/ Palais de Tokyo, 2014), Zu ICH um WIR zu sein ( Cora Hegewald, Leipzig/ Galerie der Hochschule für Grafik and Buchkunst, 2014), The Art of Being Many (geheimagentur, Hamburg/Kampnagel, 2014) teilgenommen. Ihre Forschungsinteressen umfassen Darstellung, Arbeit und Freizeit, das Archiv und die Produktionsweise von künstlerischen Prozessen.
Sabine Parzer (AT) is head and founder of the Institute for Holistic Dance and Movementpedagogy and the artistic director and founder of Contact Festival Austria. Her professional experience spans over 25 years of teaching, performing, choreographing and researching in the USA, Europe, Israel and Brazil. Sabine has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in modern dance, and an education in Systemische und Integrative Bewegungslehre® (an extended Feldenkrais® Training). Her choreographies and improvisational scores have been performed since 1990 in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, Vienna, amongst other cities. She teaches regularly at international dancefestivals such as Impulstanz, Israeli Contact Festival, Moscow Contact Festival, Kontakt Budapest, Osterimprofestival Göttingen, Potsdamer Tanztage and at Tanzquartier Wien.
Emmanuelle Pépin dancer, performer, teacher. « A long road of playing at the Comédie Française, of working for several contemporary and african dance companies, of being a choreographer and a teacher, brought me to instant composition and the art of performance. I collaborate with artists of improvisation such as Barre Phillips, Julyen Hamilton, the groups Emmajupe and Emir, as well as with plastic artists: Véronique Pépin, Rita Bagha, Isabelle Sordage, on stage and in spaces for contemporary art in France, Hungary, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Belgium and the States. » Emmanuelle proposes a practice of teaching and a research based on the senses and the phenomenon of perception, supported by the structure of artistic and pedagogical development 7Pépinière, founded with Pierre Vion. Together they elaborate how to refine the sensitive approche towards the body/spirit, a process in which the mouvement is the essential matter. Dance, music, poetry, installations come to cross in one common area, free and generously supported by the art of instant composition. Emmanuelle Pépin, born in january 1968, lives in the south of France. Her roots are somewhere else, nomadism is the necessary choice of her’s in order to comprehend the world and art.
Peter Pleyer studied at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnhem before working with Yoshiko Chuma and Mark Tompkins as a dancer and choreographic assistant. He has lived in Berlin since 2000. From 2007 to 2014, he was Artistic Director of the Tanztage Berlin and from 2012 to 2014, a member of the Sophiensæle team. His interest as a choreographer and performer, dramaturge and coach, lies in finding new methods of integrating dance training, composition and improvisation into choreographic processes, such as, e.g., in the lecture-performance “Choreographing Books“ or in “Visible Undercurrent“ (2014). He teaches at various colleges and festivals in Europe and contributed to establishing a university course in Contemporary Dance in Berlin.
Juli Reinartz studied philosophy, dance and choreography. Between 2012 and 2013, she researched within a one-year residency at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm on the concert format as choreography. The piece cycle that is connected to that includes the pieces We are not in this together yet (2011), Atlantic (2013) and Really Good Music (2014) and was shown at numerous international festivals and venues. Her latest solo ‘You said you’d give it to me – soon as you were free’ is an exploration on cyborgfeminism and premiered in September 2016 at MDT Stockholm. In spring 2017, it travelled to Dansstationen (SE), Atalante (SE) and Something Raw / Frascati (NL). Further information: julireinartz.org
Bea Caroline Remark is a DanceAbility trainer, dance and movement therapist, alternative practitioner. Further education in systemic constellation work, traumatherapy, Hakomi contemporary dance. She is spastically paralyzed since birth and understands herself as an expert on her own behalf, teaching workshops in dance, movement and humanistic therapy. She has been involved in a number of theatre and dance productions and has been collaborating with choreographers, dance artists, universities and a variety of different institutions in Germany. Most recently she has lead a project with physically disabled young people in Sibiu/Rumania with the Organisation Motivation.
studied choreography at the college of the art “Ernst Busch” Berlin after completing his training in contemporary dance. 1994 and 97 study grants from the Berlin Senate for New York City. Guest lecturer at the collage the art “Ernst Busch” in Berlin and at the Palucca Hochschule in Dresden since 1995. 1998/99 DAAD scholarship for a year in NYC. 2009 Co-production with L. Matthaei for the site specific work „2109“ 2009 cooperation with the iranian director Ayat Najafi for „Lady Teheran“ 2010 `Sender Weimar`, ( Kunstfest Weimar ) site specific installation in cooperation with Lukas Matthaei & 2012 ́urbanscape ́ a site specific installation in berlin 2012-2014 Reulecke lead the site specific project with 11 different projects involved „bauhaus tanzen“. A collaboration between Bauhaus Dessau, Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Technical University Berlin, Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin. Since 2004 Ingo Reulecke has a professorship in choreography and is leading the dance departement in the college of the arts “Ernst Busch” Berlin. From 2006-2012 he started the directorship in the co-operative dance education centre berlin. http://ingoreulecke.com www.ingoreulecke.de
Gabriele Reuter is a choreographer, dancer and urbanist in Berlin and Nottingham. After her studies of Contemporary Dance and Art Management (BA) in Great Britain she has been working in independent projects with different artistic disciplines and formats since 2003. In 2014 she began to collaborate with composer and sound technician Mattef Kuhlmey. Her dance productions Inventory (2008), Tourist (2010) and The Amplitude (2015) were all first shown at the nottdance festival in Nottingham and then toured internationally. In the past 15 years, Gabriele has worked in numerous improvisational series and formats in England and Germany, among others Freistil at Tanzfabrik Berlin. Together with Christa Flaig, she also runs the Workshops at Tanzfabrik Berlin. www.gabrielereuter.de
Gerard Reyes is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living and working between Berlin and Montreal. He studied vogue in New York with a number of internationally-renowned master teachers including Leiomy Maldonado Mizrahi, Benny and Javier Ninja, Jose Xtravaganza ("Paris Is Burning"), Justin LaBeija, Edwin Revlon, Danielle Polanco and Archie Burnett. Gerard has taught voguing workshops in cities across North America and Europe. In September 2015 Gerard premiered the full-length version of his solo THE PRINCIPLE OF PLEASURE at Théâtre LaChapelle in Montreal. Excerpts of this piece have been shown in Porto, Toronto and New York. In addition to voguing, he has trained in contemporary, ballet, hip hop, pointe and heels. As a dancer, he has worked with many acclaimed choreographers including Marie Chouinard, Benoit Lachambre, Bill T. Jones, Noémie Lafrance and Luther Brown. Gerard earned his BFA in Dance from Ryerson University in Toronto.
Judith Sánchez Ruíz (USA/Cuba) is a Cuban born choreographer, improviser and teacher based in New York since 1999, and relocated to Berlin in 2011. She began her dance studies at the age of 11 at the National School of Arts Ciudad de la Habana. She has worked with Trisha Brown Dance Company; Sasha Waltz & Dancers ensemble; David Zambrano; DD Dorvillier; Jeremy Nelson, Deborah Hay and Edivaldo Ernesto among others. Judith Sanchez Ruiz’s has received numerous grants and commissions to support her career and has been commissioned choreographic works in the US and Europe. She teachs regularly in Europe and US.
Sten Rudstrom started his educational career with a B.S. in Chemistry/Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1982. In his graduate work, he found himself boxed for hours on end in a windowless room spinning unknown samples in multi-thousand dollar NMR machine. At this point in his life, he realized that he wanted to work with people. He travelled around Europe for 3.5 years trying to find himself, during which he witnessed a Canadian performance poetry duet in a small Berlin café. It seemed to him that the only difference between the performers and himself was that the performers were on stage. This epiphany triggered an arts education. He received a M.F.A.Fine Art/Performance from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA., 1989, then went on to complete a M.F.A Creative Writing/Poetry from The Naropa University, Boulder, CO., 1991. In 1986, he met Ruth Zaporah, developer of Action Theater™ and has continued to work with Action Theater™ and other forms of improvisation since that time. He teaches regularly internationally and is known to be inspiring, compassionate and challenging. Regularly students have told him that Action Theater™ work could apply directly to their own work environment. www.stenrudstrom.com
Colette Sadler, born Glasgow, Scotland. Studied Classical Ballet in Glasgow and London. She has a BA (Hons) from the Laban Centre London. Following an international career as a dancer (1995-2002) in 2002 she established Stammer productions in Glasgow. Since 2004 she has created 11 original full-length choreographic works, presented within both dance and visual arts contexts including Impuls Tanz Vienna , Spring Dance Utrecht, Performatik Festival Kaai theatre Brussels, SouthBank Centre London amongst others. In 2016 she curated “Fictional Matters” a multi-disciplinary arts symposium at the Centre for Contemporary art Glasgow. colettesadler.com
From Italian TV dance productions to release-based and post-modern dance techniques, from contact improvisation to literature studies and theoretical engagement, Maria Francesca Scaroni is moving through the complex network of learning and making dances since 1996. Scaroni’s works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. Recently Maria is involved in researching dance as a possible divination form or Oracle. She created theatrical/installative/durational events with Jess Curtis (The Symmetry Project), with Vania Rovisco (within AADK, The State of Things) and since 2014 meets Frank Willens in Towards Another Miraculous. Since 2011 Maria is creating and touring works with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, (Until Our Hearts Stop, Sketches/Notebook, Built To Last) and shares with Meg Stuart and the Berlin dance community the commitment to Improvisation as a performance event. She interprets works by Tino Sehgal and collaborated as dancer/creator in many Berlin independent production (Jeremy Wade, Wilhelm Groener, Hanna Hegenscheidt to mention a few). She teaches in Berlin’s University HZT and is actively involved in forging other independent training programs (P.O.R.C.H. and Smash) where she is developing methodologies focusing on the body as material. With Peter Pleyer she facilitates laboratories around tracking one own’s dance lineage, weaving histories and practicing works from the Judson and Post Judson era. She holds a Masters degree in Italian Modern Literature, with a focus on Media and Communication and a thesis on education and dance.
Kareth Schaffer studied dance at HZT Berlin and anthropology at HU Berlin. Her choreographic works include an infamous Sacre (“OPFER: The Sacrifice of Kareth Schaffer“, HAU 2013), a notorious mudwrestling tournament (“Dirty Money Mudwrestling“, Uferstudios 2015), and the foleyed fantasia “Unheard Of“ (Tanzfabrik 2016). As a performer and collaborator, she has appeared in the works of artists including deufert&plischke, Christian Falsnaes, Tino Sehgal, Stefanie Wenner.
Julia Schwarzbach is a dancer and choreographer based in Salzburg. Since 2016 she is part of the network apap-Performing Europe 2020 by SZENE Salzburg. Over the last 10 years she has collaborated with artists such as Sasha Waltz, Tania Bruguera, Ivana Müller, Gill Clark, Rosalind Crisp, Zoe Knights, Barbara Bess, Claudia Heu and LaborGras. Since 2009 she creates her own work. "loops and breaks" (2012-) began as a research project in Austria and Germany, exploring and testing the relationship between performer and audience - an ongoing interest. The show toured the UK and Spain in 2014, playing venues such as Barbican London, Matadero Madrid, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. In 2014 Julia initiated the interdisciplinary performance collective under construction. The group showed their first work at Sommerszene 2015 and collaborates with guests like Silke Bake, Martin Nachbar and Claudia Heu. The same year Julia choreographed a work on the Yugsamas movement collective and conducted a research residency at Impulstanz Vienna with performer and DJ Nic Lloyd. Born out of this research Julia and Nic keep developing the duet `Recreation` (2016-). For Toihaus Theatre Salzburg Julia creates and tours performances for young audiences all around the globe. She graduated from SEAD Salzburg and holds an MA in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University London. Her practice is informed by an interest in experiential anatomy and somatic practices like Kleintechnique and BMC, looking at the structures and architectures of the body and questioning ideas of natural and built (human) environments.
Renae Shadler is an Australian performance artist living and working between Berlin and Melbourne. Her work traverses dance, experimental performance and participatory projects. In 2012 she founded Renae Shadler & Collaborators; a project-based collective that creates work for public spaces, theatres and galleries. As a dancer and actress Renae has worked with Triage Live Art Collective, Blackhole Theatre, Dewy Dell and Maybe_Together, among others. She was the acting coach for ‘Asobi’ by Kaori Ito/Les Ballets C de la B and a DanceWEB 2014 recipient. renaeshadler.com
Dancer and choreographer, was born in Israel and based in germany since 1998. She completed her dance education in Israel and Germany. In 2001, she received her degree in classical and contemporary Dance from the university for Music and performing Art Frankfurt a.M. Zufit Simon has since worked as a dancer e.g. with Saar Magal, Christoph Winkler, Cocoondance company, Sabine Glenz and Micha Purucker. In 2004, she choreographed her first solo “fleischlos”. It wan the third prize at the “best German Dance solo” competition at euro-scene Leipzig in 2005. Her successful piece “Adom Modulations” was shown on numerous festivals in Germany and abroad. In 2009, “Meine Mischpuche” which was awarded the third prize at the international Competition for choreographers Hannover and was presented during the Tanz im August festival 08` in Berlin. One of her latest piece “I Like To Move It“ was presented at the German Dance Platform in Kampnagel Hamburg February 2014.
Kirstie Simson (USA/UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Her eternal subject is freedom and she is renowned internationally as a leading light in the field of dance improvisation. She made the film Force of Nature, directed by filmmaker Katrina McPherson, that is a testament of her dedication and love for her art form. Kirstie currently holds a professorship in the department of dance at the University of Illinois and teaches worldwide.
Agata Siniarska creates work within different formats for performances, events, practices, lectures, videos, etc. Having studied choreography and given a chance to different kinds of theatrical forms, she currently devises feminist fun studies and cultivates her yearning for language and writing, cinema and animation within the scope of her practice. She is a founding member of female trouble, a friendship based collective revolving around identity, body, feminisms, pleasure, affirmation and love. Addicted to fiction, she conducts her investigations, fashioning herself as a tool of rhetoric, through the cultural structures inscribed to her. Fueled by the energy of profound theoretical hesitancy, she approaches every action she makes with passion and intense fascination, often acting not singularly but in the company of many exquisite adventures. cargocollective.com/agatasiniarska
Viktoria comes from the dance/movement; Kliment background is acting and voice.
LOKOMOTIVA-Centre for New initiatives in Arts and Culture is an NGO created in 2003 and in the past six years of working, teams of Lokomotiva have developed and implemented over thirty projects (film, performances, educative/training programs, debates, discussions, exhibitions etc.), in which, the regional and international cooperation, have always been a priority.
Lin Snelling’s performance, writing and teaching is based in the qualities improvisation can offer as it applies to dance, theatre, and somatic practice. She toured the world extensively as a performer with Carbone 14 and worked with many improvisation ensembles. As an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta she is presently teaching dance, experiential anatomy and composition. Her most recent dance collaborations include Performing Book with visual artist Shelagh Keeley at MoMA (New York), the Power Plant (Toronto) and Vancouver Art Gallery (2014-15). She works with choreographer Tedi Tafel and was part of Every Day, Life World and the Calendar Project in Montreal. (104 words)
Claire Vivianne Sobottke defines her work as a place of resistance, where norms of seeing and thinking can be challenged. She graduated in acting from UdK Berlin, but quickly began to work as performer and dancemaker. In 2013, she received a danceWEB scholarship at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. In 2014/15, she created “golden game” together with Tian Rotteveel. Dealing with the idea of the “untamed,“ this piece uses the explosive states and bodies of children as a passage into wilderness. By defining the voice, in its different states of singing and speaking as a source for movement, she will create her new solo “strange songs” in 2016 (Tanzhaus Zürich / Pact Zollverein). In 2016, Claire founded “Amazonas,” an interdisciplinary platform to support young female artists in Berlin, and is creating a personal interpretation of Mary Wigman’s “Witch Dance.” She has collaborated with artists including Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Tino Sehgal, Tian Rotteveel, Karol Tyminski, Institutet, Christoph Winkler, Theo Solink, Miriam Horwitz, Gaëtan Rusquet, Johannes Schmit, Jule Flierl.
Martin Sonderkamp studied dance and choreography at the SNDO Amsterdam. His choreographic work seeks to expand disciplinary and aesthetic boundaries between dance, visual art and music and features forms of social choreography, mixed media installations and scores for extemporary performances. Most recent works include Approximations (2015), Task 14 (2014), Rewired (2013) and Social Movement (2012). He co-founded and danced with Amsterdam based Magpie Music Dance Company (1995-2006) and performed in numerous improvisation events across Europe, the US and Asia.
Nancy Stark Smith first trained as an athlete and gymnast, leading her to study and perform modern and postmodern dance, greatly influenced by the Judson Dance Theater breakthroughs of the 1960s in New York City. She danced in the first performances of contact improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and others and has since been central to its development as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher, and organizer. She has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and performing contact and other improvised dance work with Paxton and many other favorite dance partners and performance makers, including Ray Chung, Julyen Hamilton, Peter Bingham, Andrew Harwood, Karen Nelson, and musician Mike Vargas. She co-founded Contact Quarterly, an international dance journal in 1975 which she continues to co-edit and produce along with other dance literature. Her work is featured in several books and films, and she has been developing the Underscore, a long-form dance improvisation structure, since 1990. Her first book, Caught Falling: The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas, came out in 2008. She lives in western Massachusetts. www.nancystarksmith.com
Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre. The use of theatrical devices, in addition to the dialogue between movement and narrative, are recurrent themes in her choreographies. Stuart’s choreographic work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Through improvisation, Stuart explores physical and emotional states or the memories of them. Her artistic work is analogous to a constantly shifting identity. It constantly redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance.
At the invitation of intendant Johan Simons, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods became associate artists at the Münchner Kammerspiele in 2010. Damaged Goods also has an on-going collaboration with the Kaaitheater (Brussels) and the HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). In 2014, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods is touring BLESSED (2007), VIOLET (2011), Built to Last (2012), Sketches/Notebook (2013) and Hunter (2014).
With a background in ballet and environmental sciences, Jolika Sudermann (Berlin) studied dance theatre in Hamburg and MIME in Amsterdam (AHK). In her work she explores the least common denominators of human life, diving into phenomenons like pulse, baby movement or spoken language. Her prizewinning duet „A Talk“ (2011, with A.Söderberg) has excessively traveled Europe and was shown in NYC in 2014. Like her most recent piece, „Infanten“ (Stuttgarter Tanz- und Theaterpreis 2015, to be seen at Sophiensaele in March 2016), „Pulse“ is based on an improvisation score and on close, transparent contact between performer and spectator. jolika.theaterblogs.de
Carol Swann (USA) is a teacher, private practitioner, facilitator, performer and activist. She has been teaching Voice, Somatics, Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement, Contact and Improvisation for over 35 years in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Israel and Russia. She is Co-founder/Co-Director of "Moving On Center, School Of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research" (1994-2015) and was Director of Movement Research (83’-86’). Her work is informed by her extensive studies in Body-Mind Centering, Process Work, Roy Hart Theatre, Release Technique, Action Theater, Theater of the Oppressed and Social Somatics.
21.7. 15:30 Teaching and Performance Practice Catherine Caraker, Carol Swann, Sharon Hilleli-Assa
Bahar Temiz is born in 1983 Istanbul and based in Paris. She studied philosophy at the Université de Paris IV-la Sorbonne, followed by studies in dance at the Artez Dance Academy (Netherlands) and choreography at Ex.e.r.ce (Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier). She holds a Masters degree in dance from Université de Paris VIII. She worked as a dancer and performer with Erik Kaiel, Willi Dorner, Dylan Newcomb, Superamas, Ivana Müller and is working with Clément Layes (The Eternal Return) and Marc Vanrunxt (White on White). Her work focuses on inviting the viewer to investigate one’s own narrative participation into the image making process and has been presented in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey. She is currently working on a new project. bahartemiz.com
Mark Tompkins, American performer and choreographer living in Paris since 1973, he founds the Company I.D.A. in 1983. Over the years, his unique way of fabricating unidentified performance objects has become his signature: solos, group pieces, concerts and site-specific performances that mix dance, music, voice, video and text. His passion for real time composition leads him to collaborate with many dancers and musicians. Renowned for his teaching, he travels around the world. His recent performances are inspired by popular forms like music hall, cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque and musical comedy: BLACK’N’BLUES, OPENING NIGHT, SHOWTIME, STARDUST with Jeremy Wade, A POWER BALLAD with Mariana Tengner Barros, NEVER MIND THE FUTURE with Sarah Murcia, A WIND OF MADNESS with the Mladinsko Theatre in Ljubljana, Slovenia and LE PRINTEMPS. In 2008, he receives the SACD prize for Choreography for all his work. www.idamarktompkins.com
Louise Trueheart is a dancer, writer, and choreographer. She makes one-on-one performances, notably on Skype, around ideas of love, intimacy, and drone warfare. Louise has been involved with the queer feminist platform COVEN BERLIN since 2014, and Senior Editor of the online magazine since 2015. This year, she has been accepted into the danceWEB scholarship program. Louise is a part of INTERNATIONAL NOTICE, a publication for the generation of critical discourse around the Berlin performance scene.
Karol Tymiński is a Polish choreographer/performer based in Berlin, co-founder of Center in Motion - Choreographers Workspace in Warsaw. He graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in year 2006 and previously from Warsaw Ballet School. Tymiński in his works deviates from formal aspects and focuses on the explorations of the human body on the very physical level, making it the source of the choreographic material. He aims to speak about human condition, reaching the emotional side of the performer by penetrating his physicality what was demonstrated in his earlier pieces such as „Doll House” (2011) „Beep” (2013) „Pussy” (2014) „Liminal” (2015) - commissioned by Icelandic Dance Company or „This is a musical” (2015).
Kat Válastur, is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer. Fragmentation, time lapse, entropy and virtuality are some of the notions that emerge from her dance works, through the creation of a specific fictional force field in which the bodies of the performers are exposed to. As part of her creative process she utilizes personal diagrams, scores drawings and texts that she creates for each work. In 2013-2014, she was an invited artist (grantee) at the Institut für Raumexperimente, an educational research project by Ólafur Elíasson in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In the context of the program, she started her research on the new series of choreographies “The marginal sculptures of Newtopia”. The series includes the works “GLAND“ (2014), “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual“ (2014) and was completed in 2016 with the dance piece “OILinity“, a poetic reflection upon the problem on dependence of western societies on crude oil and its consequences on human and nature. The series were co-produced and presented at HAU Hebbel am Ufer. She studied dance at the Hellenic school of dance, at the Trisha Brown studios on a Fulbright scholarship and received a Master degree from the (SODA) Master Program at the Inter-University for Dance in Berlin. Her work is presented internationally.
Mike Vargas began studying music in 1959. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. For the past 16 years, he has been working around the world with Nancy Stark Smith. He teaches on the faculty of the Smith College dance department. He has released 9 CDs of his music. www.mikevargas.net
Jeremy Wade is a performer, performance maker, curator and teacher. He graduated from the School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam in 2000. He premiered his first piece, “Glory” at Dance Theater Workshop, New York City in 2006, for which he received a Bessie Award. Since then, Wade has been living in Berlin and working closely with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. His recent works include “Dark Material” (2013), with Sculptor Monika Grzymala and the band Xiu Xiu and “Together Forever” (2014), a three hour participatory practice / feast. In 2015 Wade created "Death Asshole Rave Video" and "DrawnOnward", both dealing with the death of man, zombie subjectivity and the precarious body situated in advanced capitalism.
By experimenting with aleatoric, improvisational, and indeterminate processes, Andrew Wass formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. His initial exposure to improvisation was through the Lower Left Performance Collective’s summer workshops in San Diego in 1998. Since then he has performed and taught at festivals, theaters, and studios throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. A graduate of the MA SoDA program of the HZT, he is currently pursuing an MPhil/PhD through the University of Chichester. lowerleft.org wasswasswass.com
Julian Weber is a choreographer/dancer and visual artist. He studied at HBK Brunswick and Academy of Arts Vienna. 2013 he graduated in dance and choreography at HZT, Berlin. Since then he works intensively on spaces of interaction involving body, material and movement. In the last years he took part in several group-exhibitions, had different residences abroad and developed performances and exhibitions. He works with artists like Meg Stuart, Boris Charmatz and Tino Segahl and creates his own work on the intersection of visual and performance art./ / In /FORMEN FORMEN/ (2015 Sophiensäle) he choreographed 5 dancers (among others Meg Stuart, Nik Haffner and Peter Pleyer) who influenced him in his artistic development in interrelation to minimal sculptures. In /the tourist/ he confronts an exhibition setting with an amorphous and mobile stage-situation consisting of dancers and sculptures, with which he won the Berlin Art Prize 2015. Currently he is studying in the master-program Choreography at the Theaterschool Amsterdam.
Christoph Winkler, born in Torgau/East Germany, was a multiple Spartakiad winner in the disciplines weight-lifting and judo and studied breakdance and martial arts, before being selected for classical ballet training as a teenager. After the fall of the wall, he danced in music videos for MTV, performed in underground techno clubs and studied choreography at the prestigious School for Drama Ernst Busch, as well as founding the music label Klangkrieg Productions for experimental music. After graduation in 1998, he began working as an independent choreographer in Berlin. His early work received much critical acclaim for its austere, radical and discursive minimalist style and was invited to numerous festivals such as the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and Impulstanz in Vienna. He was also invited to present his pieces at the German Dance Platform in 2002, 2004 and 2012. In 2006, his oeuvre branched out into several different directions, e.g. collaborations with various young hip-hop artists (Tales of the Funky , Saal A , Taste of Ra , Maldoror-Amped ) and two pieces on the concept of performance itself and the contextualization of dance (Posed , Eine Geschichte ). In 2007, he founded BERLIN GOGOS – Agency for Contemporary GoGo Dancing as an ongoing analysis of the mechanisms of exploitation in contemporary dance.
His most important aim is to explore topics through dance that directly pertain to the art form, but also in addition refer back to ongoing and current topics of discussion in society. Along these lines, he began in 2009 with the open series Dance&Politics, which so far includes Taking Steps (2009) about life-long learning, Dance! Copy! Right? (2012), RechtsRadikal about the ring-wing female body and The True Face about global capitalism and arts activism worldwide (both 2013). The solo Baader – A Choreography of Radicalization (second part in the series Evil Bodies) has toured widely and dancer Martin Hansen was named Dancer of the Year 2012 for it by the German dance journal tanz. In 2014: Abendliche Tänze – A Tanzfonds Erbe Project about the subjective process of memory, Wo die Zitronen blühen – a solo with Ahmed Soura about German culture.
Elsa Wolliaston, choreographer, dancer, teacher; research about traditions and rituals in Java, Bali and Kongo; work a. a. with Peter Stein, Yoshi Oida, Steve Lacy. www.elsawolliaston.org
Sara Wookey, London/Los Angeles. Is based in London on a Tier 1 Visa endorsed by Arts Council England. There she is focusing her research on dance in the museum and gallery through a commission from Siobhan Davies Dance. Sara earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 and has been working with Yvonne Rainer since 2006. Her choreographies have been presented at the Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, REDCAT, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney and the New Museum, NYC. She has been recently published in The Ethics of Art: Ecological Turns in the Performing Arts (2014, Valiz Press), is a certified transmitter of Yvonne Rainer’s repertoire since 2010 and a square dance caller.
23.7. 15:30 Lecture Sara Wookey „Transmitting Trio A“
Siegmar Zacharias studied philosophy, comparative literature & performance art. She now works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She works in situations of embodied thinking together through matters and matter. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and parascience, observing and realising the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors in different constellations into an ecology of performance. Her works develop formats of performances, lectures, installations, discursive formats and sharing, dealing with questions of agency, the contract of the willful suspension of disbelief and the critical substance it produces.They are situated between labour and humour, do-it-yourself low tech and high tech. They have been presented nationally and internationally at festivals, in theatres, galleries, green houses, clubs, the woods, and up in the sky. She is the co-founder of the transdisciplinary group SXS Enterprise and initiator of Women On Work- WOW We work here, a platform of exchange of Berlin based artists. www.siegmarzacharias.com